Title: Tombstones (also known as The Graveyard Sisterhood, Graveyard Sisters and Graveyard Sirens)
Date Read: 17th May 2010
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Briefly: While taking one of his fanciful strolls around Montmartre Cemetery, Joseph de Bardon happens on a young woman grieving in front of the grave of her recently deceased husband. Ever helpful, and always on the lookout for interaction with members of the fairer sex, the Monsieur rushes over to offer his assistance.
Afterthoughts: This is a wonderful little tale from Maupassant, and it’s one which not only manages to raise a wry smile in honour of his prowess in storytelling, but it also stands as a passing homage to some of the finest French novelists of the period. Granted the storyline is a little weak, but this is just a fun story; one not to be taken too seriously.
Notable Quote: Suddenly she uncovered her eyes. They were full of tears and charming, the eyes of a bewildered woman, with which she glanced about her as if awaking from a nightmare. She looked at me, seemed abashed and hid her face completely in her hands. Then she sobbed convulsively, and her head slowly bent down toward the marble. She leaned her forehead on it, and her veil spreading around her, covered the white corners of the beloved tomb, like a fresh token of mourning. I heard her sigh, then she sank down with her cheek on the marble slab and remained motionless, unconscious.
*Story read as part of my Devouring De Maupassant reading challenge.